Current Volunteer Opportunities

Do you want to make a difference in the community? Are you looking for a volunteer position?
The achievements of Hospice Kingston are made possible by the volunteers who share their time and talents with the organization. Volunteers make a difference every day to the community we serve and the future we are building together, and many volunteers report that their volunteer role is a meaningful part of their own lives.

Direct Care Roles:

  • In-Home Care: volunteers provide compassionate care and support to clients, and provide respite support for their caregivers and families. Volunteers spend a few hours a week with a client, providing companionship and comfort.
  • Bereavement Support: volunteers comfort and support family, caregivers and friends through the challenge and stress of anticipating or experiencing the death of someone close to them. Bereavement support volunteers offer one-on-one support to individuals in a caring, compassionate and confidential environment.
  • Bereavement Group Facilitators: volunteers co-facilitate the 7-week bereavement support group, which runs twice a year. Volunteers work with staff to plan and deliver the group sessions, and during the sessions, they facilitate discussions and lead activities.
  • Walking Group Leaders: volunteers lead the bereavement walking group (Wednesday mornings, spring through fall, at Lemoine Conservation Point Area), attended by bereavement services clients. The walking group leaders welcome participants, lead the walk, and provide conversation and support as needed.
  • Day Wellness Support: volunteers support clients on Wednesdays as they participate in a facilitated support group segment, followed by an informative guest speaker, activity, music, seated yoga or social time. Volunteers participate in the group’s activities, provide support to individual clients as needed, and also assist with set-up, refreshments and take-down.

Training for direct care roles is taking place March 3, March 10 and March 17, 9 am-4pm.

Non-Direct Care Roles:
  • French Language Services Working Group: the goal of this group is to establish and maintain hospice palliative care and end-of-life services of the highest quality in French to Hospice Kingston (HK) residents, clients and their families and ensure the continued availability, permanence and quality of these services. Francophone community members are invited to join this working group to assess the organization’s readiness to formally apply for FLS designation and to form a plan to meet the conditions for pursuing the FLS designation.
  • Hike for Hospice Event Committee: Hike for Hospice is a unique national fundraising event held across Canada that brings together organizations working collectively in hospice palliative care to raise funds and awareness in their community. Help us plan the 2018 hike by joining the Hike for Hospice committee! Volunteers plan and coordinate event logistics and promotions. Commitment and time varies based on committee role.
  • Special Event Days: join us for the day of any of Hospice Kingston’s events to help deliver an enjoyable, fun day for community members and to raise money for Hospice Kingston’s services. The upcoming events are:
         Handbags for Hospice: March 21, 2018;
         Hike for Hospice: May 6, 2018;
         Butterfly Release and Community Celebration: May 26, 2018;
         Hospice Kingston Golf Classic In Memory of Larry Gibson: August 2018;
         Hospice Oktoberfest: October 2018.
Please click here for the volunteer application form.
For more information, please contact Joanna Michalski, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, by email or phone: 613-542-5013 ext. 3.